Legislation to Ban Sanctuary Cities Heading to Governor Abbott’s Desk

May 5, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 4, legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Texas, was sent in final form by the Legislature on May 4th to Governor Abbott for his signature. The bill was authored by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), and co-authored by every member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, and has been a long time […]

Texas Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Law to End Cyberbullying

May 4, 2017

AUSTIN – With a unanimous 31-0 vote, the Texas Senate passed SB 179, known as “David’s Law”, to put a stop to cyberbullying in Texas. “David’s Law” is named for David Molak, a San Antonio area teen who tragically committed suicide after relentless cyberbullying. “The Senate passed SB 179 in David’s memory and in honor […]

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Stands United For Unanimous Budget & Answer Critics

April 5, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus issued a letter to Texans explaining the perfectly appropriate transportation transfer in the Senate budget – a stance supported unanimously by the Texas Senate in a vote of 31-0. This transfer recognizes Texans 83% vote for the Transportation Proposition 7 ballot measure passed after the legislative session. “We […]

Texas Senate Republicans Author and Pass Six Pieces of Major Legislation in Just One Day

March 31, 2017

AUSTIN – Thursday, the Texas Senate, over the course of seven plus hours in one calendar day, passed the following major public policy bills, authored by Republican Senators from around the state. All five bills were priorities of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and the vast majority of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus. “What we are […]

Texas Senate Votes for Parental Choice in Educational Opportunities for Our Children

March 30, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 3, authored by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 18-13 today. The legislation begins school choice for Texas schoolchildren through two opportunities – an Education Savings Account (ESA) program and a Tax Credit Scholarship program. These programs would be available to 17 million people within […]

Texas Senate Passes Fiscally Sound Budget with Bi-Partisan Support

March 28, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), unanimously passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 31-0 today. The Senate budget is fiscally responsible, funds border security, and places a strong emphasis on our children’s futures. The approved budget is $106.3 billion for FY 18/19, 0.5% below the estimated general […]

Texas Senate Republicans Stand with Israel

March 22, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 29, authored by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 25-4 today. The bill prohibits state governmental entities from contracting with or investing certain pension and university endowment funds in companies boycotting Israel. “There is a concerted effort underway to isolate one of our strongest allies […]

Texas Senate Republicans Pass Property Tax Relief

March 21, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 2, authored by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 18-12 today. The bill reduces the rollback tax rate from the current 8% to 5% and requires automatic tax ratification elections if the rollback rate is exceeded, thus placing the power back into the hands of […]

Senate Bill 7 Passes Texas Senate

March 8, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 7, authored by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 31-0 today. The bill cracks down on inappropriate educator-student relationships, by expanding reporting requirements for school administrators, holding superintendents and principals personally liable for failure to report these crimes, and establishing a continuing education program intended […]

SB 6 Hearing Alert: Chairman Bettencourt and SB 6 Author Kolkhorst debunk economic scare tactics

March 7, 2017

AUSTIN – During today’s hearing on the Texas Privacy Act (Senate Bill 6), Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and the author of SB 6, Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), debunked the economic scare tactics presented by opponents of the bill. “The Texas Association of Business study is the most inaccurate study I have seen […]

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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) accepted the Faith in Action Award from the Texas Pastor's Council on behalf of Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) for her work in the 85th Legislative Session.

Watch the video below and read the letter from Senator Kolkhorst here:
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June 28, 2017  ·  

Our Texas Senators held their commitment to the needs of their constituents by passing all 30 of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's top conservative priorities. However, the fight continues for much needed property tax relief in Senate Bill 2 and protection for our children with common sense legislation in Senate Bill 6. Our Senators have not swayed in their determination to ensure Texans get the tax relief they need and will continue to stand to for Texas privacy. ... See MoreSee Less

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